Canada’s first Olympic medal of Rio 2016 arrived on Day 1 at the pool in women’s 4×100-metre freestyle relay, winning bronze.
The team of Sandrine Mainville, Chantal Van Landeghem, Taylor Ruck and Penny Oleksiak – all first time Olympians – delivered for Team Canada at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on Saturday.
Oleksiak had only about an hour to recover from her 100m butterfly semifinal, in which she advanced to Sunday’s final for a shot at a second Olympic medal. Both Oleksiak and Ruck are 16-years-old, two of the youngest Olympians on Team Canada born in the year 2000, and are likely the first people born in that year to win an Olympic medal.
Michelle Williams swam the heats for Canada before Oleksiak was brought in for the final.
[CSIO note: Chantal, Penny, Sandrine and Michelle are all part of Swimming Canada’s High Performance Centre - Ontario, along with Head Coach Ben Titley, training at CSIO and TPASC. Congrats to all!]
Australia won gold in world record time, powering through in three minutes, 30.65 seconds, followed by United States at 3:31.89. Canada’s third place time was 3:32.89, edging ahead of the Netherlands for the final medal with Ruck and Oleksiak carrying the last two legs.
Story and Photo from the Canadian Olympic Committee | Olympic.ca